On this cold winter day, relax and think about and do things that comfort you. Get all warm and cozy. Brew that cup of tea. Curl up on your comfy couch. Get out that book, magazine, or journal. Just be. Dream. Ahhh……..
My list of things that give me comfort:
Debra : )
In the evening, try eating these foods:
bananas, toast, dates, figs, milk, almond milk, nut butter, tuna, turkey, whole grain crackers, and yogurt.
Herbs that are recommended by Drs. Phyllis A. Balch,CNC and James F. Balch, MD in their wonderful Natural health Guide, Prescription for
Take these at bedtime (in capsule or extract form):
Catnip and chamomile have mild sedative properties and can be used occasionally in tea form. These doctors warn not to use chamomile on an ongoing basis and to avoid it all together if you are allergic to ragweed.
*Please always consult with your doctor before taking any kind of supplement.
Here at the Warm Milk Journal we aspire to live the most fulfilling lives by day and sleep restfully at night.
I just love the Fall season and I think this season is the perfect time to work on these goals. As a kid, Fall was about new fresh beginnings: a new school year, new school supplies, new clothes, a new age (I am a September birthday).
As an adult I can appreciate so much more about this season such as:
As we fall back an hour this weekend, let’s enjoy the abundance this marvelous season has to offer us.
Debra : )
Before you go to bed tonight, think about what comforts, nurtures and soothes you. What makes you feel all cozy and happy and secure inside? For that is a wonderful state to be in as you prepare for sleep. This would be a wonderful journal exercise.
Get out your journal and make a list. Write down as many things as you can think of. If this blog post were my journal this is the list I would come up with right now:
Debra : )
What does the word “cozy” mean, anyway?
According to the dictionary at AudioEnglish.net, cozy as a noun means: ” a padded cloth covering to keep a teapot warm”.
We are not teapots, but we humans do need warmth and comfort, especially at bedtime.
As a verb, cozy can mean: “enjoying or affording comforting warmth and shelter especially in a small place” and “having or fostering a warm or friendly and informal atmosphere”. There is also a meaning of connivance such as “cozying up to somebody…”
I think for our Warm Milk Journal purposes the comforting warmth and shelter in a small place suits the bill just perfectly.
Hopefully we are doing all we can to make the rooms we sleep in feel warm and comforting. We just painted our bedroom last weekend and what a difference! It is this wonderful kind of beige and honey color. I feel so cozy in this room now.
Here are some ideas to get in a cozy state: physically, mentally, and spiritually:
Physical State of Coziness
Mental State of Coziness
Here are some things I associate with having a cozy state of mind:
Spiritual State of Coziness
Enjoy your cozy little nest.
Debra : )
Warm milk does have small traces of calcium, tryptophan and melatonin- proteins and chemicals that are known to induce sleep. Mostly I think, though, we have warm comforting memories associated with milk. Mother’s milk. If it works, wonderful. I personally find warmed up almonds milk to be absolutely delicious and relaxing. Tea can have the same effect too. Perhaps just a warm beverage of any kind nurtures our bodies, spirits, and souls.
I read recently an article about couples who give their partners a warm beverage produce loving feelings in their partners. I know I feel loved and cared for when my partner brings me coffee in bed on a weekend morning. I sometimes do the same for him and serving him that warm beverage does induce i me very giving, loving feelings for him.
Sitting alone during a quiet time of meditation, I feel that I really am not alone with that warm cup of tea in my hands. God or spirit is with me…
In sum, a warm beverage such as warm milk, coffee, or tea can certainly be a comfort to us and help us to be calm, feel nurtured, and at peace. It is much easier to go back into a restful sleep in that relaxed state of mind.